The King’s Harvest
Author: Chetan Raj Shrestha
9788189602161 | PB | pp. 240 | 2022 | Rachna Books & Publications
The King’s Harvest consists of two different novellas united by their strong sense of place. One about a murder in Sikkim and the other about a miracle harvest.
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Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, in a village above the Rangeet river in Sikkim, Kamala hacks her husband, Police Constable Puran, into forty-seven pieces, then walks to the nearby police station and turns herself in. At first, the murder seems an open-and- shut case to Dechen OC, the tough, foul-mouthed, prickly lady cop in charge of the investigation. But as she begins to delve into the lives of Kamala and Puran, she discovers a world of lies, deceit and love gone wrong, where nothing is as it seems and the guilt of murderers is difficult to establish.
On a day of endless rain, a man emerges from thirty-two years of isolation to meet his king, whom he owes a share of the harvest from his fields. Journeying across leech-infested forests and forbidding valleys, he tells his children the story of his life–one that has been full of drama and magic. But the biggest miracle of all awaits him in Gangtok.
These two novellas, united by their strong sense of place, showcase Chetan Raj Shrestha’s enormous gifts as a storyteller. Magical, gritty, nerve-wracking and stylish in equal measure, this is an exceptional debut that was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books on the Himalayas by The Guardian (UK).
The King’s Harvest was Chetan Raj Shrestha’s debut work of fiction. His novel titled The Light of His Clan was published in 2015. He lives and works in Gangtok, Sikkim.
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